drivers believe that they’re protected by lemon laws if they buy a used
vehicle. However, that’s a myth and not reality. Some states stipulate
that used cars can be sold “as is”. If it breaks down just after you
leave the lot, you have to deal with the problem…not the dealer!
You Ought To Do When Buying A Used Car
Most consumers know that new vehicles are very expensive, which is why
many of them purchased used vehicles. Keep in mind that a vehicle can
depreciate in the value by nearly 20 percent the second you drive it
away from the lot. When you’re worried about money and need a vehicle,
purchasing a used vehicle makes plenty of sense. After all, a late
model used vehicle can be a real steal.
However, buyers must be careful because used cars don’t typically fall
under the lemon laws in several states. Some states do cover lemon
laws; but, the majority of them don’t. Some states demand that dealers
place a limited warranty on their used vehicles. Other states permit
vehicles to be sold “as is”. If you purchase an “as is” vehicle, you’ll
be the one responsible for the repair costs, regardless of what it is.
Smart car buyers understand that they should have the vehicle checked
out by a qualified mechanic before it’s bought. You should never rely
on the salesman’s word or the onsite mechanic’s word when the vehicle
is being sold “as is”. After all, you want somebody that you know and
trust to look over the vehicle to ensure that there are no hidden
problems with it.
The Mechanic Needs To Be Watchful For
1 – Oil Stains
Oil may leak from many places, as some leaks could indicate major
2 – Floor Pan
Wrecked cars could actually have dents in their floor pan. These dents
are difficult to get rid of and could be an indication of damage that’s
hidden by the body repairs.
3 – Radiator Fluid
If the radiator has something more than antifreeze or water in it, it
could be real trouble.
4 – Check For Flooding Damage
There were many Gulf Coast vehicles damaged by floodwaters. And, flood
damage is very difficult to detect especially if the carpet and
upholstery was replaced.
He/she should also look over the following things:
- Performance of the engine
- Shock absorbers
- Exhaust system
The exhaust system needs to be checked out if you live in a region that
demand yearly checks on the system.
Used cars, especially older models that have high mileage, are very
dangerous. You certainly don’t want to be in any danger when you buy a
vehicle. The law isn’t likely to protect you so you need to take
matters into your own hands. Make sure to speak with a
reputable mechanic and have him/her look over the vehicle. Better safe
than sorry, right?!